Oxfam America has many partners in an initiative to build the strength of rural farmers.
Meet Oxfam America’s partner organizations who are working with rural farmers to build their resilience.
• Local communities: Central participants in the design of the pilot.
• Local farmers cooperative: Primary organizing body for farmers in the community.
• Africa Insurance Company: Private insurer in Ethiopia operating in the Tigray, Amhara, and Oromiya regions.
• Dedebit Credit and Savings Institution (DECSI): Second-largest microfinance institution (MFI) in Ethiopia with nearly comprehensive coverage of Tigray. Named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 50 MFIs in the world.
• Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (NMA): Agency offering technical support in weather and climate data analysis.
• Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD): Research organization dedicated to sustainable farming practices.
• Mekelle University: Member of National Agricultural Research System providing agronomic expertise and research.
• Nyala Insurance Share Company: Private insurer in Ethiopia with a strong track record of interest in agricultural insurance.
• Relief Society of Tigray (REST): Local project manager for HARITA, responsible for operating the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) in six districts of Tigray and overseeing all regional coordination. Established in 1978. Working with Oxfam since 1984 on development issues. Largest nongovernmental organization in Ethiopia (and one of the largest in Africa).
• Tigray Regional Food Security Coordination Office: Office with oversight of the PSNP in the pilot area.
• Tigray Cooperative Promotion Office: Office responsible for helping organize farmers at the village level.
• Goulston & Storrs, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges: Law firms providing pro bono legal expertise.
• Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4) at University of California, Davis (UC Davis): Research partnership on index insurance between academia and development organizations, with UC Davis, the Food & Agriculture Organization, International Labour Organization, and the US Agency for International Development.
• Swiss Re: Global reinsurer and leader on climate change advocacy with funding and technical expertise.
• The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI): Member of Columbia University’s Earth Institute offering research and technical expertise in climate data and weather index design for rural farmers.
• The Rockefeller Foundation: Foundation that funds strategies that help communities build resilience to the impacts of current and imminent climate change.